It’s the time of year when coughs, colds and flu become more prevalent.

We can’t always avoid catching these illnesses, so what can you do if your child is feeling unwell?

Here’s all you need to know about causes, symptoms, and treatments for coughs, colds, flu and children’s fevers.

Childrens fever - testing temperature

Treating Children’s Fevers

A fever, or high temperature, is the body’s natural response to fighting infections like coughs and colds. A normal temperature in babies and children is about 36.4°C, but this can vary slightly. A high temperature is 38C or more.

LloydsPharmacy Digital Ear Thermometer If you suspect your child has a fever because they’re feeling clammy or their forehead, back or tummy is hotter than usual, then it’s a good idea to check their temperature. The most accurate way to do this is by using a digital thermometer. Why not try the LloydsPharmacy Digital Ear Thermometer for fast, accurate, hygienic and safe infrared measurement.

To look after your children’s fever, give them plenty of fluids and look out for signs of dehydration (such as dry mouth, lips and eyes, feeling tired, feeling thirsty). You can give your child paracetamol or ibuprofen if they’re distressed or unwell.

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Coughs, cold and flu

Did you know it’s normal for a child to have 8 or more colds a year*? This is because young children haven’t built up immunity yet. Most colds get better in 5 to 7 days, but can take up to 2 weeks in small children.

Top Tips to Ease Cold Symptoms:

  1. Make sure they drink plenty of fluids
  2. Saline nose drops can help relieve a stuffy nose
  3. Encourage the whole family to wash their hands regularly to stop the cold spreading

Calpol 2+ Months

Calpol Infant Suspension Strawberry Flavour 2+ Months 

Helps the relief of fever, cold or flu symptoms, teething, headache, sore throat and earache.

Contains paracetamol. Do not use more than one paracetamol containing product at a time. Always read the label. Ask our Pharmacist for advice

LloydsPharmacy Childrens Ibuprofen

LloydsPharmacy Ibuprofen 100mg/5ml Strawberry Flavour 

Effective relief from aches, pain and fever

Contains Ibuprofen. Always read the label. Ask our Pharmacist for advice

Calpol Blocked Nose Spray

Calpol Blocked Nose Spray 

Helps to wash away built up mucus to breathe more freely.

Please read the label. Ask our Pharmacist for advice

For more information about treating children’s fevers, colds or flu come in store and speak to a member of our healthcare team. Find your local LloydsPharmacy here.

*NHS